Annual Report 2017
Health Care for the Homeless Network, Community Health Services Division
Welcome from Health Care for the Homeless Network (HCHN)
Health Care for the Homeless Network is part of a national movement to provide comprehensive health care and secure housing for all. We are one of over 180 Health Care for the Homeless projects nationwide and one of the largest, serving over 20,000 people annually.
As co-chairs of King County’s Health Care for the Homeless Network Planning Council, we ensure that local consumers and front line service providers guide decision making. These perspectives remain critical as our region grapples with the root causes of increasing homelessness.
Our 2017 Annual Report describes how HCHN continues to strengthen the health care safety net for our most medically vulnerable patients and provide leadership to bring a focus on health needs into initiatives aimed at moving people into safe and stable housing.
- Increased communicable disease outbreak prevention
- Raised awareness on the continued need for hygiene services
- Selected new East and South King County partners
- Connected families to care through nurse-led partnerships
- Developed new community advisory board plan
Thank you for reading on and reaching out.
Gregory Francis and Dr. Maureen Brown
HCHN Planning Council co-chairs
All Home is a key thought leader, strategic partner, and coordinates the annual Point in Time (PIT) Count for King County. All Home brings together local governments, religious institutions, non-profits, philanthropic organizations, shelter and housing providers, the private sector and engaged citizens in a coordinated effort that both responds to the immediate crisis of homeless individuals and addresses the root causes of the problem in our region.
The King County Medical Examiner's Office (KCMEO) works with HCHN to produce the monthly Presumed Homeless Death Report. Its mission is to investigate sudden, unexpected and unnatural deaths in King County with the highest level of professionalism, compassion and efficiency, and to provide a resource for improving the health and safety of the community.
HCHN is a member of the National Health Care for the Homeless Council. The Council is a network of more than 10,000 doctors, nurses, social workers, patients, and advocates who share the mission to eliminate homelessness. They produce leading research in the field and provide training and resources related to care for persons experiencing homelessness.